Channel 4's two-part dramatisation of the 2022 High Court battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney - AKA the famous case of 'Wagatha Christie' – is here.
As well as being a dramatisation of the case that gripped social media, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama also boasts a cast of familiar faces. Good Omens actor Michael Sheen will play Coleen Rooney’s high-profile barrister David Sherborne, while BAFTA-winning actress Chanel Cresswell (This Is England) takes on the role of Coleen Rooney.
Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) will star opposite her as fellow 'wag' Rebekah Vardy, and Simon Coury (The Professor and the Madman) will play her barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC (now KC).
Wayne Rooney will be played by Dion Lloyd and Jamie Vardy is played by Márton Nagyszokolyai.
The two-part drama is set to explore the dramatic events that unfolded when Vardy sued Rooney for libel in June 2020, after Rooney alleged that Vardy's Instagram account had been the only one capable of leaking fake stories from Rooney's private social media to the tabloids.
Vardy strongly denied leaking fake stories to the media, but the judge ruled in Rooney's favour.
The High Court case took place earlier this year, with the drama showing how it had a huge impact on the lives of the two women and catapulted their legal teams into the spotlight.
Read on for more details about the two-parter below...
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama release date
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 21st December at 9pm, with the second (and final) episode airing the following evening on Thursday 22nd December at 9pm.
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama plot
'Wagatha Christie' was coined and soon began trending on Twitter in 2019 when Coleen Rooney alleged on social media that Rebekah Vardy's Instagram account had been the only one capable of leaking stories that Coleen had faked on her private Instagram Story to the press.
The two-part film recreates the highly-publicised High Court defamation case that followed, "a case that had a huge impact on the lives of the two women at its heart and catapulted the two sparring legal teams into the spotlight, where much like Rooney and Vardy, their every move in the courtroom was dissected and scrutinised in the press", Channel 4 said.
The series is created from real court transcripts, bringing viewers all of the unbelievable moments that kept the public and media gripped. Read more about the true story behind the Channel 4 drama here.
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama cast
The series boasts a star-studded cast, including Michael Sheen as Coleen Rooney’s high-profile barrister David Sherborne and Chanel Cresswell as Coleen herself.
The current cast list is as follows:
- Michael Sheen as David Sherborne
- Chanel Cresswell as Coleen Rooney
- Natalia Tena as Rebekah Vardy
- Simon Coury as Hugh Tomlinson QC (now KC)
- Dion Lloyd as Wayne Rooney
- Márton Nagyszokolyai as Jamie Vardy
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama trailer
You can watch a trailer for Vardy v Rooney below.
RadioTimes.com also has an exclusive teaser that gives a glimpse of the drama to come in the two-parter, as Michael Sheen's Sherborne recounts the infamous Peter Andre tale that formed part of the trial.
Watch the preview below: